SBD/19/Sports Industrialists

NAMES IN THE NEWS

     MAGIC JOHNSON said he wants to play for the USA Olympic
Basketball team during the '96 Games (L.A. TIMES, 4/19)....NBA
Senior VP ROD THORN was named to head an 11-member panel to pick
players and coaches for next year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball
team (Mult., 4/19)....LARRY DONEN was named VP/Properties and
Retail for Northwest Entertainment Group.  He will be responsible
for the overall development strategies and consumer products for
the Canucks, Grizzlies, and GM Place (Grizzlies)....LES KRANTZ,
the author of the "Jobs Rated Almanac," reports the three
highest-paying professions (on average):  1) Pro basketball
player -- $1.561M; 2) Pro baseball player -- $1.119M; 3) Pro
football player --$655,055 ("Today," NBC, 4/19)....HUBERT DAVIS,
ANTHONY BONNER, MONTY WILLIAMS and HERB WILLIAMS of the Knicks
played four-on-four against Letterman audience members last night
(The audience won, 108-107).  NBC's MARV ALBERT also made an
appearance, presenting an "Albert Achievement Awards Embarrassing
Moment" to an audience member who was hit in the head ("Late
Night," CBS, 4/18).
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